A Quick Puzzle to Test Your Problem Solving
The answer was extremely basic. The rule was simply: Each number must be larger than the one before it. 5, 10, 20 satisfies the rule, as does 1, 2, 3 and -17, 14.6, 845. Children in kindergarten can understand this rule. But most people start off with the incorrect assumption that if we’re asking them to solve a problem, it must be a somewhat tricky problem. They come up with a theory for what the answer is, like: Each number is double the previous number. And then they make a classic psychological mistake. They don’t want to hear the answer “no.” Remarkably, percent of people who have played this game so far have guessed the answer without first hearing a single no. percent heard at least three nos — even though there is no penalty or cost for being told no, save the small disappointment that every human being feels when hearing “no.” It’s a lot more pleasant to hear “yes.” This disappointment is a version of what psychologists and economists call confirmation bias.
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